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Drunk driver who confessed on YouTube receives sentence

In early September, a young man uploaded a video to YouTube in which he confessed to killing an individual in a drunk driving accident. The video did not contain an accidental confession. In fact, the young man states that the "video will act as my confession" during the tape. He identifies both himself and his victim by name.

It can sometimes be difficult to hold individuals civilly and criminally liable for drunk driving accidents due to a lack of admissible evidence. However, the young man in the YouTube video opened himself up to criminal and civil liability for the accidental killing by confessing openly. He was also found to have had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.19 at the time of the accident, further implicating himself. The legal BAC limit is 0.08.

Surprisingly, the young man was only sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment as a result of his actions. The victim's daughter had asked the court to impose a maximum sentence, but the judge presiding over the case declined to do so.

The family may be able to seek civil justice through a personal injury suit. They may find both comfort and relief from economic losses through this process. However, they may find the greatest comfort in the national discussion that is occurring right now in regards to the case. After the confession video went viral, it sparked a heated debate among many about accountability for negligent criminal action and prevention of drunk driving accidents. The situation was an absolute tragedy for all involved. Perhaps that reality will be highlighted even further by a civil suit in the future.

Source: ABC News, "YouTube Drunk Driving Confessor Sentenced to 6.5 Years Despite Daughter's Plea for Maximum," Christina Ng, Oct. 23, 2013

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